Charlotte does the big chop for good cause

Turning haircut into donation: Charlotte Moore.

Turning haircut into donation: Charlotte Moore.

WHEN year 10 MacKillop student Charlotte Moore decided it was time for a new look, she discovered there was a way to turn her update into a donation.

The 15-year-old went to On the Fringe Hair Shoppe and sought advice from creative director Darren Davies about styles.

They spoke about how she could perhaps donate her hair to a worthy cause.

"Darren and Todd researched it and found Variety's Princess Charlotte Alopecia Program," Charlotte said.

The program supports Australian children with alopecia, a condition which causes hair loss from the scalp and, in some cases, all areas of the body.

Variety takes donations of human hair and has it sent to specialised wigmakers.

The wigs help instil confidence, independence and self esteem in children who suffer from the incurable disease.

"I thought it was quite ironic the program was called Princess Charlotte and said I would do it.

"It made the think about how any little kids who were losing their hair might not understand why and it would be good to help them feel good about themselves."

Charlotte is good friends with the sister of 15-year-old Tom Berryman who also attends MacKillop.

He was diagnosed with leukaemia last year and although March is World's Greatest Shave Month in support of the Leukaemia Foundation, Charlotte said she "wasn't quite brave enough" to shave her head.

Parents Bronwyn and Eddie Moore have supported and encouraged her when she got a little nervous.

"She an extremely determined girl," Mrs Moore said.

Charlotte's hairdresser gave her products to use while she was growing her hair the extra centimetres needed for her to be able to donate it.

"They even opened the salon on Sunday to cut my hair.

"I said I trusted him [Mr Davies] to do what he wanted to do after the 30cm was cut, and he did a great job.

"He even got me a tiara to wear so I was Princess Charlotte."

For information on the Variety program go to www.princesscharlottealopecia.com

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